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Ida B. Wells was an African American journalist and activist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s. Who Was Ida B. Wells? Ida B. Wells was an African American journalist, abolitionist and feminist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s. She went on to found and become integral in groups striving for African American justice. Early Life, Family and Education Born a slave in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on July 16, 1862, Wells was the oldest daughter of James and Lizzie Wells. The Wells family, as well as the rest of the...

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